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Choi Soon-sil appears at court, denies charges

On the first day of her trial, Choi said the corruption charges against her were "fiction". The President has denied that, but apologised for putting her trust in her jailed friend. Park's office has objected to any raid on the Blue House, citing a criminal code that bans any such action on state facilities deemed to be militarily important.

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Thousands leave besieged areas in Syria

Ten buses carrying the sick and wounded also headed towards Aleppo from two besieged villages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The recapture of Aleppo is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's biggest victory so far in the almost six-year-old war, but the fighting is by no means over with large tracts of the country still under the control of insurgent and Islamist groups.

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Three people hurt in shooting at Zurich Islamic centre

They did not elaborate on the nature or severity of their injuries. Swiss media said police had sealed off the area, Reuters reported. The extent of the injuries is now unknown along with the identity of the shooter and the possible motive behind the attack, Swiss tabloid Blick reports .

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Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated in Ankara

Turkish police shot and killed the gunman, Turkey's NTV reported . Several others were said to be wounded in the attack, the reports stated, which took place in the Cankaya district of the Turkish capital. Andrei Karlov was attending an exhibition, "Russia as seen by Turks", at the venue when an unidentified gunman opened fire in the gallery. The Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said he was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

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Kerala: 11 RSS activists given double life sentence for DYFI activist murder

Besides, one of the accused got life imprisonment and another got a three-year jail term for helping the others hide after they committed the crime. The third accused Renjith of Uliyazhthara died during trial. The investigation revealed that RSS activists killed Vishnu in an act of revenge. Vishnu was also named as a suspect in the three cases involving attacks on RSS men.

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Pro-Assad forces fire on convoy leaving east Aleppo - rescue workers

The towns of Madaya and Zabadani are blockaded by pro-government forces. Trapped Syrian civilians and fighters waited desperately Saturday for evacuations to resume from a rebel-held enclave in Aleppo as the Red Cross pleaded for a deal to "save thousands of lives".

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Queen Elizabeth II's New 'Modern' Portrait Features Prince Charles

The image has been released today to mark the end of celebrations in the Queen's 90th birthday year. The portrait shows Her Majesty and her eldest son and heir in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. She turned 90 in April - and marked the occasion with celebrations throughout her realm. Knight, 58, is one of the most influential fashion photographers in the world and has collaborated with leading designers including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

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Evacuations from Aleppo, rebel-held villages resume

Military sources said the burning of the buses is another violation to the deal, which was struck by Russian Federation and Turkey. The government blamed rebels for the suspension of the evacuation which began on Thursday, saying they had tried to smuggle out heavier weapons and hostages.

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Hyderabad blasts case: Yasin Bhatkal, 4 others sentenced to death

After completion of the trial, the special court set up for the case at Cherlapally Central Prison found the accused persons guilty in all the charges framed against them, and convicted the five accused giving the judgment on quantum of punishment.

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Canadian woman among 9 killed in shootout in Jordan

Gunmen are now believed to be holdup in Karak Castle, a Crusader fortress and a popular tourist destination, after attacking a police station there. Sources in Jordan have identified the four other fatalities in the Karak attack as officers.

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Ronald Koeman: Everton can beat Liverpool by doing this

The derby that splits families across the city of Liverpool has been an entertaining affair over the years and promises to be a sizzling affair yet again as the Reds are back in their marauding form, while Everton come into the game on the back of a resounding victory over the high-flying Arsenal.

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Reconciliation center completes evacuation from Aleppo

It later reported that 29 buses were heading toward the two villages to start the evacuation process, adding that insurgents in the area rejected allowing 4,000 people to leave and saying they will only allow 400 people to be evacuated. "We're ready to resume facilitating the evacuation according to our humanitarian mandate". Idlib province, mostly controlled by hardline Islamist groups, is not a popular destination for fighters and civilians from east Aleppo, where nationalist rebel ...

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Federation Internationale de Football Association fines England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over poppies

The "political symbol" referred to appears to be the poppy, which is widely worn in Britain and Commonwealth countries to pay tribute to fallen soldiers, particularly from World War I and World War II. Mr Sulser, disciplinary committee chairman for Federation Internationale de Football Association, said: "The display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited".

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Amona Settlers Accept Relocation Plan

The dispute over the outpost near Ramallah has taken on worldwide significance amid concern over Israeli settlement expansion and recent moves by the Knesset to legalise thousands of settler homes in the West Bank. Amona settlers had rejected previous plans which would have seen only half of them relocated nearby, whereas the current agreement will reportedly see nearly all of them staying in the area.

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Pakistan dismissed for 142 against Australia

Pakistan has started their first Test against Australia in 15th December, 2016 which is hosted at the Gabba, Brisbane . Wahab (30) and Shafiq (100 not out) almost took Pakistan to the close surviving all the way to the final over of the day until the former pushed at one from Jackson Bird only to be caught at second slip.

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Gunmen kill 10, including Canadian, in attacks on police

Gunmen have attacked police patrols in the Jordanian city of Karak, killing five people and injuring several others . But many Jordanians oppose the country's involvement, which they say has raised the security threat at home and caused the deaths of fellow Muslims.

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74 journalists killed worldwide in 2016

Earlier this month, the press freedom watchdog reported that a total of 348 journalists were now detained worldwide, marking a 6 percent increase compared to a year ago. At least 57 journalists have been killed around the world in 2016 while doing their job, Reporters Without Borders said today. Mexico was the most risky assignment among countries not at war (if the drug war does not count), with nine journalists killed there.

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Turkey: Russian Ambassador Shot

A photographer at the scene said that they heard at least eight shots and the ambassador is in a critical condition. She said there has been no update on the ambassador's condition. A photographer with the Associated Press said a gunman fired shots at the Russian ambassador. While it is not known what motivated the attack on the Russian diplomatic official, Ankara and Moscow are now backing opposing sides in Syria's fraught civil war.

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HB2 law: North Carolina to repeal 'bathroom bill'

The ordinance called for businesses to allow people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. Governor-Elect Roy Cooper says a special session will be called Tuesday to repeal the controversial N.C. "As promised, Governor McCrory will call a special session". State Rep. Chris Sgro, a Guilford County Democrat who is president of Equality NC, said the ball is with the General Assembly.

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Priebus: Trump wants to hear hacking evidence direct from Federal Bureau of Investigation

Priebus said he did not believe that Brennan was lying, but claimed that Trump would accept that Russian Federation interfered in the United States election if intelligence leaders, including FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, publicly came out and said so.

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Dozens hospitalised after Croatian police find people crammed into smuggler's van

Doctor Maja Grba Buljevic told the Hina news agency that their condition had improved. Some said they had not eaten for five days. "They were in serious danger, but they started recovering once they were in the fresh air". The patients were also suffering from exhaustion, hunger and hypothermia, the doctors said, but their condition was not considered critical. The driver managed to escape into the fields.

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Hundreds evacuated from Aleppo as United Nations eyes observers

Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was insisting people be allowed to leave two besieged Shi'ite villages before letting the Aleppo evacuation happen.

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Michigan's presidential electors to cast votes today

Wirt A. Yerger Jr., a Republican elector in MS, said, "I have gotten several thousand emails asking me not to vote for Trump". How common are faithless electors? Is it likely to happen today? At least one Republican elector says he will not vote for Trump, despite the fact Trump won the popular vote in his state.

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Evacuations out of Aleppo have stopped, and nobody knows why

Thousands more are expected to leave eastern Aleppo in the coming hours under a cease-fire deal that effectively surrendered the last rebel-held part of the city to Syrian government control. Has the news been confirmed? The United Nations security council is expected to vote on a proposal drafted by France to ensure worldwide observers coordinate the evacuation efforts, with humanitarian aid allowed in Aleppo and protection provided for hospitals, The Guardian reported .

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United Nations to vote Sunday on Syrian evacuation resolution

The deal for Aleppo was brokered by Syrian government ally Russian Federation and rebel backer Turkey, and has been overseen by the International Committee for the Red Cross. Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Lavrentiev, Ali Akbar Velayati, the Leader's advisor on global affairs, said the U.S., the Israeli regime and their allies in the region have been seeking to oust Syria's legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad and partition the Arab country to serve the ...

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What to Watch For: Patriots at Broncos

At times, it's been ugly. Siemian mixed quick passes to Forsett, Demaryius Thomas, and Virgil Green as they crossed midfield and worked into field goal territory. But with Blount in the midst of a career year, the expectation was that the bruiser would be the bell cow if the Pats were so balanced. The second quarter saw more of the same.

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Aleppo girl Bana evacuated from war-ravaged city

Standing with her arm around her daughter, Fatemah said she did not want to live as a refuge. Three months ago, Alabed, an English teacher with a spotty Internet connection, decided she wanted the world to hear her children's voices and see their faces, hoping that maybe she could galvanize global support for those in Aleppo .

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Syrian Observatory says 10 evacuation buses leave villages

Cavusoglu said on his Twitter page earlier on Monday that "from the last night to now, 4,500 people have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo ". The UN Security Council could vote as early as this weekend on a French-drafted proposal to allow worldwide observers in Syria's Aleppo and ensure urgent deliveries of aid, the United States envoy said Friday.

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Areas of fog with occasional rain and drizzle tonight; some slick spots

The NWS says a total snow accumulation of up to 2 inches is possible. A strong Arctic cold front will move into Alabama tonight , bringing the possibility of strong storms Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow will continue from about midnight into the day on Sunday . Lows will be above freezing in the upper 30s and temperature will rise overnight, so dense fog will form in areas.

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Week 15 GameScout: Titans at Chiefs

If anything, it helps the kicker because it gives him a free practice kick. "There's only one explanation for why that ball went in today and that's because it was the Lord's will that it go in". When the ball left Ryan Succop's foot, he wasn't sure. Games like this are why the pundits maintain confidence in Kansas City's Super Bowl chances.

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Aleppo evacuation buses come under attack, set on fire

The coalition of forces fighting for the government of President Bashar al-Assad are demanding people to be allowed to leave the two villages in exchange for allowing evacuations of rebels and civilians from east Aleppo . Rebel leaders are accusing Iranian Shia militia of preventing the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo . The resolution, due to be put to a vote today, comes as thousands more trapped Aleppo civilians and rebels await evacuation in freezing temperatures in the ...

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Ezekiel Elliott's Dad Says He'll Pay His Son's Fine For Celebration Penalty

The Salvation Army kettle couldn't hold Zeke back, as he jumped into that red pot like the insane former track star he is. However, he was penalized on the play for excessive celebration. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thinks Elliott should be praised for the attention he gave to the Salvation Army . Last month, the rookie sensation was part of two groups of Cowboys who served Thanksgiving meals at local Salvation Army locations.

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Khaidi No 150 audio launch cancelled

The film is a remake of Tamil blockbuster, the Ilayathalapathy Vijay-starrer Kaththi . The teaser of the movie had been released in the month of December, 2016 and the teaser of the movie had grabbed huge response and crossed 5 million views on youtube.

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Die of Alcohol Poisoning in Russia From Bath Lotion

At least 25 people died from poisoning after consuming a bath lotion containing alcohol in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia's top investigative agency says. Homemade spirits and household products containing alcohol are popular throughout the former Soviet Union as a cheap alternative to the standard brands but are also blamed for a large number of alcohol-related deaths.

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Zimbabwe's ruling party backs Robert Mugabe, 92, for 2018 election

Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, has endorsed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election. The endorsement, decided at the party's annual conference in the southeastern town of Masvingo on Saturday, is likely to result in the extension of his 36-year rule.


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